Frieze New York 2019

02 May – 05 May 2019

For Jhaveri Contemporary’s fourth participation at Frieze New York, the gallery brings its distinctive intergenerational and transnational approach to exhibition making in a display that considers the male form and erotic male gaze. Artists Ali Kazim (Pakistan, b. 1979), Lionel Wendt (Sri Lanka, 1900-1944), Prem Sahib (London, b.1982), and Salman Toor (Pakistan/USA, b.1983) show together for the first time, presenting new work made across media especially for the fair.

The booth includes carefully observed figurative paintings by Ali Kazim, staged photographic portraits by Lionel Wendt, sensual paintings of queer brown men by Salman Toor, and abstract sculptures by Prem Sahib that are coded with references to contemporary queer culture. By allowing the works of art their own voice – independent of the life histories of their makers – the stand challenges conventional ideas around gender and sexuality, highlighting the systematic exclusion of men, especially queer, of colour from art history.   

Of the four artists included, some identify with queer politics, others fall under the queer umbrella, and still others are not queer at all. Combining approaches that are direct and frontal with iterations that are abstracted, subtle and allusive, this exhibition also enables an exploration of the body through the prisms of class and race. 

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